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Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory


11/2021: Try out CAFES, our new online electrophoresis simulation tool!

2/2021: Read about our novel technique for drawing freshwater from the atmosphere featured by the TomKat Center!

4/2020: Our lab's ongoing COVID-19 rapid field test was featured on the Stanford News!


Welcome to Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory

The applications of microfluidics are wide ranging and include disease detection and water purification. The field lies at the interfaces between engineering, physics, chemistry, and biology.

Our group is focused on the following activities:

  • Automation, optimization, and miniaturization of chemical and biochemical analyses, with particular emphasis on molecular diagnostics.

  • Capacitive deionization (CDI) to remove salt and ionic toxins from water and create safe drinking water.

  • Experimental and theoretical exploration of the coupling among fluid flow, electrostatics, mass transport, heat transport, and reactions.

The Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory operates under the direction of Juan G. Santiago. A major theme of the lab is the exploitation of the physical regimes associated with micro- and nanoscales to achieve new functionality. The long-term goal is to develop new technologies to benefit human kind and educate future leaders in our field.